The Coalition to Keep Bodden Town Dump Free has ejected one of its leaders because of his plans to run as a potential candidate for the United Democratic Party in Bodden Town.
According to a statement released by the coalition Sunday, Vincent Frederick informed the group’s committee that he would be standing in the May election, possibly with the UDP, which supports the plan to close the dump in George Town and open one in Bodden Town.
“We consider this incompatible with a leadership role in the coalition,” said one of the group’s leaders, Charles Clifford.
He continued: “Mr. Frederick insists that he remains opposed to the BT dump plan, even though he might run for the UDP, a party which has consistently promoted the deal. As such, we hope that he’ll continue as a supporter of the coalition and of our cause.
“However, having Mr. Frederick continue on our committee as a coalition leader and spokesperson, is inconsistent with our commitment to protect the integrity and reputation of the coalition, its political independence, and the confidentiality of our deliberations,” Mr. Clifford added.
The coalition made its decision to oust Mr. Frederick from the group’s committee during a meeting Friday, 8 February, at which it was discussing its plans for future action against the plan to put a garbage dump in Bodden Town and the strategy it would adopt in the run up to the May election.
Coalition chairman Alain Beiner said the coalition was a “single-issue, nonpolitical community organisation open to anyone opposed to moving the George Town dump to Bodden Town, regardless of their political affiliation and regardless of their opinion on any other issue”, adding that the group remains independent of all political parties and “condemns past governments equally for not assuming their responsibility of properly managing the George Town landfill”.
The group’s coordinating committee unanimously decided that Mr. Frederick would no longer be one of its members.
Mr. Frederick joined the coalition shortly after it was established and acted as one of its spokesmen.
He previously ran as an independent candidate in Bodden Town in the 2009 election, when he received 113 votes, or 4 per cent of the overall votes cast in the district.
Mr. Frederick could not be reached for comment by press time.